Regional Representative - Penny Ure
Penny and her husband Scott have attended Red Deer First Church of the Nazarene on the Canada West District for the past 10 years. They have been members of the Nazarene Church since 1999. Penny also attended the Church of the Nazarene as a child in Caroline, Alberta. Penny has served as NMI president since 2010. She is Central Alberta Zone representative, and currently Vice President on Canada West District NMI Council since 2013. Penny loves to teach children and adults about Nazarene Missions and hopes to spark a passion in others to love missions too. While attending Innisfail Church of the Nazarene, Penny served as Sunday School Superintendent better known now as SDMI; and, served on the District Sunday School Board as secretary. Penny has participated in several District Work and Witness projects that Richard Bahan inspired to bring unity and to encourage our local churches. Penny also serves on the district advisory board as.
Penny looks forward to the “Called” event she hosts at Camp Harmattan as a way to reach young people who have or may be feeling a call into missions. The Called event has grown in the 7 years; with 80-100 in attendance. Penny mans the NMI booth at “Mission Fest”; a non-denominational annual event held in Edmonton Alberta. Mission Fest is a great opportunity to share about missions and the Nazarene denomination.
Scott and Penny have been married for 25 years. They have three adult children, Dale and his wife Sarah who have three children and reside in Medicine Hat AB. Feliecia and her husband Mike of Red Deer AB who have three children, and one on the way! Their youngest Travis is engaged to Cloe and will also reside in Red Deer once married in the fall. The Lord called Scott and Penny to work along side Canada's First Nation's people. For 18 years they have fostered children from Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis Alberta. They currently have 5 children in their home. They have a very close family including many children they have raised; family dinners always require a table extension!
Since 2007 Penny has served as a Victim Services Advocate with the RCMP; an opportunity to walk compassionately with others.
Penny wholeheartedly loves the Lord and has a desire to serve. She is dependent on Him and is reminded daily that God does not call the qualified but qualifies the call.
2012-2017 - Global NMI Council Member Elected to Represent Canada
Effective 1 February 2012, Richard L. Bahan will represent Canada on the global NMI council, succeeding Rev. Tonya Kucey who served in this role for five years.
Richard was born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, graduated from high school in Victoria, obtained a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Victoria, Bachelor of Education from University of British Columbia, and completed a Masters of Administration from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington).
Richard is the son of Rev. Bill and Mae Bahan, a Nazarene pastor and former district superintendent of the Canada Atlantic District.
For 29 years, Richard has been employed in education: 12 years as a teacher, and 17 years as vice principal and principal (high school). Presently retired from education, he is now fully employed as owner/operator of a residential and light commercial renovation company in the city of Calgary.
Richard and Patricia have been married 38 years. They met at Canadian Nazarene College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They have four adult children, two of whom are married. Their younger sons live in Calgary, Alberta. Richard and Patricia have two grandchildren.
Richard and Patricia live in Calgary. They regularly attend Calgary First Church of the Nazarene, where Richard serves as usher and until recently served on the church’s Staff Wellness and Human Resources Committee.
Richard’s passion has always been missions, especially Work & Witness and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. He has led numerous local home missions projects as well as foreign missions projects in Honduras, Ecuador, and Haiti.
For three years, he has served on the Canada West District NMI council as a Calgary area representative and presently serves as vice president of the district NMI council. This past year was coordinator of a joint Canada West District & District NMI Work & Witness project to one of their district churches.
The Canada West District includes the largest geographical area of Canada, is active in domestic and foreign mission goals, and is one of the most generous for missions, consistently hosting missionaries on the district many times each year. Several Canadian missionaries come from Canada West.
Rev. Tonya Kucey commented, “I heard Richard speak on the Canada West District and found him to be exceptionally passionate; one of the most passionate men for missions I have encountered. He was engaging and clearly moved with great emotion for Christ and Nazarene missions.”